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U.S. home sales rose by 4.3 percent in January, bringing good economic news to a battered real estate market. Read more»

Democratic lawmakers signaled late Wednesday that they had reached a deal on extending the payroll tax credit and unemployment insurance. Read more»

President Obama speaks in Chandler on Jan. 25.

President Obama's campaign announced Tuesday it would be supporting a super PAC founded by two former White House staffers, Priorities USA Action, which says on its website, "We are at the forefront of efforts to draw clear contrasts between progressive policies and those of the far right." Read more»

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to Soledad O'Brien on CNN on Wednesday.

Flub comes a day after Romney swept the Florida primary, and the sound bite in which he says, "I'm not concerned about the very poor," could haunt him in the general election if he becomes the GOP nominee. Read more» 2

Newt Gingrich

Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich promised Wednesday to build a base on the moon by the end of his second term in 2020. Read more» 1

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Google for modifying its iconic search to include results from its new social network, Google+. Read more»

President Obama announces that White House Chief of Staff William Daley (right) is stepping down and will be replaced by Jacob Lew (left), the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

President Barack Obama's Chief of Staff, William M. Daley, has announced he is resigning. Daley will be replaced by Jack Lew, the current budget director. Read more»

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney won the Iowa caucuses on Wednesday morning, beating underdog candidate Rick Santorum by only eight votes. Read more»